DP students who wish to study in Technical Universities or Colleges, are not obliged to do the Spanish university entrance exams. A conversion formula would be used to obtain their final mark.
Half of Casvi pupils are studying DP, which focuses on the student’s personal and professional development. Its prestige is recognized at an international level by universities all around the world, the ones where our students hope to attend. The majority of them achieve it, thanks to their high average scores (last year average score for university entry was 11.72, which is above the world’s average).
Many of our students want to study in international universities in foreign countries, such as the London School of Economics, Bristol University, University of Derby (Great Britain) or Via University College in Herning (Denmark).
What truly motivates them to follow this programme is its international dimension and prestige, its academic excellence, the social involvement fostered among students, the development of their critical and analytical abilities, as well as encouraging diversity of thought and comprehensive problem solving.
Pointers to enter University
In order to have a DP degree our students must:
- Pass six of the subjects included in these six groups: Language and Literature, Foreign Language, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics and IT and the Arts. This being said, the curriculum is very open at Casvi. Our students are the ones who select it depending on where they want to go to the university. If they want to study abroad, they can even do the programme in English.
- They must also write an extended 4000 word paper, with help from a teacher who specializes in the given subject. It requires an individual investigation through a deep study of a chosen topic, related to any of the subjects they study.
- Take a 100 hour course on Theory of Knowledge, aimed at fostering critical thinking about different forms of knowledge (perception, emotion, language and reason) and types of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
- Complete hours of Creativity, Activity and Service Projects (CAS).
- Creativity. Students carry out different activities to develop creative thinking: participation in debates, organization of events, creation of drama performances…
- Activity: this implies a physical effort that contributes to a healthy lifestyle.
- Service: it is aimed at helping the community in a certain way through cooperative and voluntary tasks.
The evaluation for university access
At the end of the program, students take written exams which are corrected by external IB examiners. The evaluation tasks at school will be assessed by the teachers and later on by external moderators, or they will be sent directly to external examiners.
The Diploma will be given to those students who attain at least 24 points and who have achieved the requirements of Creativity, Activity and Service. The highest score that students could earn is 45.
The assessment procedures of DP measure the level of academic skill acquired by students to fulfill a certain set of objectives. For instance:
- The analysis and presentation of information
- Assessment and argumentation
- The creative resolution of problems.
Basic skills are also assessed:
- The retention of knowledge
- Key concepts understanding
- Applying Standard methods
The student’s results are determined by measuring their performance in relation with previous set standards and not in relation with the rest of the students´ work.